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Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, hosted the DeaflympicsGB team at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday to celebrate the team’s remarkable nine medals at the recent Deaflympics.

The Deaflympics took place in Samsun, Turkey in July 2017, with 86 nations taking part. Deaflympics GB’s nine medal haul at the games ahead smashed their pre games target.

Dawn welcomed approximately 100 people, including the DeaflympicsGB team, representatives from UK Deaf Sport, and other Members of Parliament for a celebratory reception which included short speeches and a video highlight package.

For DeaflympicsGB, securing the funding to simply take part was one the biggest challenges they faced. They are often relying on smaller grants from Sport England and personal fundraising to help them achieve their dreams.

Dawn Butler MP said:

“I was delighted to host the DeaflympicsGB team in Parliament to celebrate their fantastic achievements. The team did the country proud at the Deaflympics with their outstanding nine medals and this was a great opportunity to come together and celebrate their success.

This reception was a valuable opportunity to raise awareness for deaf sport and our incredible deaf athletes. I will continue to support efforts to increase funding for UK Deaf Sport, to allow our teams to send more athletes and enter more events in the future, and I was pleased that this event was able to raise awareness for this important aim.

I have always believed that equality is equality, you cannot pick and choose. I will therefore continue to campaign for equal rights for the deaf community, and this includes our superb deaf athletes who deserve equal recognition for their work. All of our teams deserve our utmost support.

I look forward to celebrating even greater success for our Deaflympics in the future.” 

Following the event, Ms Butler led the group for a tour of the House of Commons and guests were able to view a live sitting of the Commons.

Dawn Butler MP Hosts DeaflympicsGB team in Parliament

Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, hosted the DeaflympicsGB team at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday to celebrate the team’s remarkable nine medals at the recent...

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Dawn Butler MP has launched a campaign calling for legendary Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt to be given a knighthood by Her Majesty The Queen.

Ms Butler has started an online petition on change.org and is calling on other Members of Parliament and the public at large to join the campaign. Usain Bolt has made history in athletics, holding world records for the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. Bolt is also an 8-time Olympic Champion and 11-time World Champion.

Ms Butler said:

“I am delighted to start this petition calling for Usain Bolt to be given the knighthood that he so truly deserves. Usain Bolt is a legend who has represented Jamaica so proudly on the world stage throughout his outstanding career, winning so many medals and breaking world records, and it’s about time he was officially recognised here in the UK for his remarkable achievements and service to athletics.

Having recently run his final race, now is the time to make it happen and as a daughter of Jamaica myself it would make me incredibly proud to be a part of making that happen. I now hope others will join me in signing my petition to cheer him up as he recovers from injury, and to give a knighthood to the fastest man who has ever lived”. 

Ms Butler’s online petition to give Usain Bolt a knighthood can be found at: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-give-usain-bolt-a-knighthood

The petition is set to be delivered to the Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Dawn Butler MP Calls for Usain Bolt to be Knighted for Services to Athletics

Dawn Butler MP has launched a campaign calling for legendary Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt to be given a knighthood by Her Majesty The Queen. Ms Butler has started an online...

70 Labour MPs, led by Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities Dawn Butler MP, have written a joint letter to the Justice Secretary demanding answers after the Supreme Court found Employment Tribunal Fees to be unlawful.

The group of MPs have asked Justice Secretary David Lidington to explain how the government will recompense those who were unable to bring forward cases due to high fees, to explain the detail and timescale of the repayments to those who paid the fees, as well as the amount of money the government spent fighting the case in court. Within 48 hours during parliamentary recess the joint letter received 70 signatures.

The full letter co-signed by Labour MPs reads as follows:

Dear Secretary of State,

We are writing regarding the Supreme Court’s judgment which has found Employment Tribunal Fees to be unlawful.

It is a fact that the Employment Tribunal Fees have disproportionately impacted on women and diverse communities. We are pleased that these fees have now been overturned following the challenge by Unison, however we are concerned about the damage which has already been done. As you will be aware, there has been a 79% reduction in cases over three years since the fees were introduced, with many people sadly not being able to afford to bring important cases to court. These people are often on low incomes and some of the most vulnerable people in society.

We would therefore like to ask what plans you have to recompense all those individuals who were unable to progress their claims due to the fees? These fees blocked access to justice to so many people and potentially ruined lives, so it is essential that the government makes amends to them.

As the court has ordered the government to repay up to £32m to claimants who were able to take their cases forward, we would also like you to outline this commitment in detail as well as the timescale for these repayments. Every person should be paid back in full and as soon as possible.

Finally, we would like to know how much public money has been spent by the government in fighting this case in court?

We hope you will consider our concerns carefully and respond to our questions in full as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Dawn Butler MP

Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities

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Following the result of the court case on Wednesday, Ms Butler said:

“The judgement of the Supreme Court that overturned the Conservative government's policy on tribunal fees shines a light on the lies Theresa May told on the steps of Number 10 when she promised to tackle “burning injustices”.

I challenged the government repeatedly on this throughout their review and always knew that these fees were cruel and unlawful. I congratulate UNISON for bringing this to court. Now let's try and rectify the damage of this cruel government has inflicted on the many.”

Dawn Butler led on the joint letter following her long campaign on the issue, as the fees have been found to disproportionately impact on diverse communities. Last year Dawn pushed for the government to release its review into the fees. The lack of straight answers from the government on the release of its review led to Dawn writing to the procedure committee, and in a rare move then-Justice Secretary Liz Truss was rebuked and told to stop “prevaricating” by the Commons committee. Ms Butler continued her campaign by starting an online petition against the fees.

See the official letter here.

Dawn Butler and Labour MPs Demand Answers from Justice Secretary on Employment Tribunal Fees

70 Labour MPs, led by Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities Dawn Butler MP, have written a joint letter to the Justice Secretary demanding answers after the Supreme Court found Employment...

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